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[s17] Sen. Banks: General Assembly Kicks Off 2013 Budget Session

Columbia City legislator appointed to Education, Veterans Affairs committees

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 20, 2012) — State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) gathered with fellow legislators today at the Statehouse for Organization Day — the ceremonial start of the 118th Indiana General Assembly’s budget session.

Organization Day is marked by the swearing in of new General Assembly members as well as the annual first roll call of all state lawmakers. This day also provides each House and Senate caucus with the opportunity to organize before session officially begins on Jan. 7.

The 2013 session is a budget year, meaning lawmakers will draft a comprehensive proposal to fund government services for the next two years. By law, the 2013 legislative session must be completed no later than April 29.

“Our main focus this session is passing Indiana’s fifth-consecutive balanced budget,” Banks said. “Other states continue to spend irresponsibly and live outside of their means, but that is not how Indiana operates. We cannot adequately serve Hoosiers without responsible fiscal policies.”

Banks said other Senate priorities for the 2013 session include:

  • Improving education through vocational training and school choice
  • Building on Indiana’s low-tax, job-friendly environment
  • Protecting traditional marriage

Additionally, Banks has been appointed as chairman of the Public Safety Subcommittee and will serve as a member of the following committees in 2013 and 2014:­­­­

  • Civil Law Committee
  • Education and Career Development Committee
  • Elections Committee
  • Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs Committee

As the 2013 session gets under way, Banks encourages Senate District 17 residents to contact him with any questions or comments they may have. Banks can be reached via email at or by phone at 1-800-382-9467.